It wasn’t a coincidence that one of the accessories in the Tod’s menswear fall/winter 2021 lookbook was a mug. Clasped in the hand of a model wearing louche, moss-green tailored separates, it painted a cozy picture of the life of the Tod’s customer – and indeed, most inhabitants of the fashion capitals right now.
The theme of homeliness was echoed elsewhere in the largely digital menswear presentations. At Fendi, Silvia Fendi created luxuriously pale knitted coords that, she said, were “so soft you can sleep in them”. One cream all-in-one did indeed bear the hallmarks of a romper. “Clothes that make you feel good,” is how she described her latest edit. “Because I do think that fashion can have a therapeutic aspect.”
At Prada, woolen long johns were the hero product of Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons’s first joint menswear collection. Models wearing borderline psychedelic knitted thermals danced their way through faux-fur lined rooms. This cocooning fun house and the cuddly clothes within it represented the closeness we’re all craving in the absence of human touch. Desperately in need of a hug? The creative double act lined Prada outerwear with sensual geometric jacquards that looked simultaneously mood-enhancing and toasty.
Hibernation clothing might have been the dominant trend in Milan, but Silvia Fendi optimistically promised her collection “will be something that can be worn on the street next winter, and be enjoyed for its bright colors and tactile feel.” Rather than enrobing loungewear, cozy clothing to eventually leave the house in is the most important takeaway from the menswear fall/winter 2021 collections.
Here, the standout looks to inspire maximum snugness now and through to next season.
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk